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Hello World Film: From the Cutting Room Floor #1

Hello World Film Unless you you haven't been paying attention to me or my blog the last three years, you know that I've been working on a film. The feature-length documentary is about my love for the software industry and the lack of diversity that I see in it.

I am trying to raise enough money to finish the film. It's been a three-year project where I've interviewed over fifty people across several continents. I've talked to developers, educators, and industry leaders about what there is to love about the job that most of us do. We've edited the film and had a couple of test screenings so we're close to being done.

In fact, I shot so much footage that many of the topics I wanted to covered got cut from the film. That has left me with the opportunity to make some short films that covered several of these topics. The first of these is now available:

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Help Me Finish 'Hello World: The Film'

shawnw.me/fund-hwfilm As I expect most of you already know, I'm making a documentary film about software developers called "Hello World: The Film". I've started a crowd funding campaign to help me finish the film.

If you're a software developer or just know one, you might be interested in helping me make this film a reality. The film delves into the mind of software developers and the history of the business.

You can contribute here:

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Ending the Kickstarter

Commodore 64I want to start by thanking everyone who contributed to the Hello World Film Kickstarter. It's been a humbling exercise. I've learned a lot along the way too.

The film is still happening, but the Kickstarter is being canceled today. No one's pledges will be processed. Let me tell you a little about why and how you can continue to help if you're still excited about the project.

The goal of the film is to help demystify the developer and talk about my own journey as someone who look like what the media says software developers look like and my realization that it shouldn't be true. That, as an industry, we're missing out on the variety of different kinds of people in our industry that would make it a lot better. That's the story I am telling.

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Two Weeks Left in My Kickstarter!

It's been a crazy month for me. I've been spending a lot of time annoying my Twitter followers with announcements about the Kickstarter.

If you're interested in what I'm trying to do, you're running out of time to back my project. It's only two weeks left before the Kickstarter ends.

If you want to back the film, you can pick between a t-shirt, laptop sticker, access to stream the film, a signed CD, preview of the film, quarterly video updates, or even a private screening of the film with a Q&A (North America only). Every dollar helps! Back it here:

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Hello World: The Film - Kickstarter

Kickstarter If any of my readers are familiar with my podcast, you'll know I love talking to developers. I want to understand why we do we what we do and how that started in their lives.

To this end, I've decided to make a documentary film about developers. I have several goals for the film, but the over-arching theme is to help people understand the role of code and coders in their daily lives.

I've been to a myriad of parties in my life and when asked, I often, sheepishly, say "I'm into computers". But that's not a sufficient answer. It's enough for many people to shrug it off and stop asking questions, but I think if most people got a sense of what we do, they'd find it interesting. That's where the idea for "Hello World: The Film" came from.

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Visual Studio Field Refactoring Trick

Visual Studio I've been using a new trick on my courses as of late that I've been getting some questions about. I figured I'd just blog about it to share the trick.

The trick in question is taking a constructor parameter and storing it in a class field. Most of it is just refactoring, but there is a way to customize what it looks like.

I like to use factoring to build up my code as I write. I'm not a Resharper guy, but i'll use it as much as I can. I just don't like to re-setup Resharper on every install. I'm basically lazy.

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